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Start smart, finish strong: Engineer your major programs for success

Learn how to identify and overcome major program execution challenges


Start smart, finish strong: Engineer your major programs for success


The fact that major programs generally fail relative to expectations has almost become – unfortunately and unnecessarily – a business mantra. Everyone has seen the statistics, but that doesn’t mean you have to become one. For businesses interested in defying these odds, there are strategies, methodologies and tools to help you address and mitigate the key risks and challenges large program execution presents.

Many of the issues seem intuitive – poorly defined program success criteria, uncontrolled scope change, unclear roles and accountabilities, vendor management issues and many more. So why do program management teams consistently neglect the upfront planning that could solve many of these problems? In business, people are often hard-wired to the program end-game, jumping the gun to build solutions and get answers.

We examine six key areas where you can identify major program execution challenges early and manage them throughout the program lifecycle. Organizations looking to engineer their large programs for success from the beginning – rather than react to a proliferation of costly in-program problems, issues and delays – should consider applying this approach to their current or impending initiatives.

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